Upcoming Events

Poetry Barn Presents Faculty & Alumni from the Stonecoast MFA Program

Friday, August 18th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine is a Top 4 ranked low residency program offering courses in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Popular Fiction. On Friday, August 18th, join four of their world-class faculty and alumni for an unforgettable night of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

An open mic follows. If you have poems, songs, stories, to share, you are warmly welcome to sign up before the reading.

Woodstock Library Forum: Peter Blum: Musical Hypnotic Journeying with Audience Participation

Saturday, August 19th from 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Hypnotherapist and sound healer Peter Blum will introduce the audience to hypnosis, sound healing, and shamanic journeying towards self-discovery and consciousness expansion techniques. Through a combination of musical sounds and words, the audience  will be invited to enter and briefly explore a gentle trance state.

Peter Blum, C.I., C.Ht., M.S.C., has practiced Ericksonian hypnosis since 1987.  He was awarded Instructor of the Year by  the National Guild of Hypnosis, and in 2009 inducted in the Order of Braid-a lifetime achievement recognition.

Live at the Library: Vinnie Martucci

Saturday, August 19th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Vinnie Martucci has had an exciting and diverse career as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, and educator.  He has toured internationally a co-leader of the Jazz Fusion Quartet, “The Dolphins,” with Dan Brubeck, as music director, arranger, accompanist for Eileen Fulton (As the World Turns), Laurel Masse (Manhattan Transfer), and performer for Blues artist Rory Block.

As a producer and recording engineer, he has worked on recordings and productions for several theatrical and television projects (CNN, Lifetime, Showtime).

Currently, Vinnie teaches Jazz Studies at SUNY New Paltz.

Also Playing with Vinnie:

Rich Syracuse – bass

Jeff Siegel – drums

Book Sale

Saturday, August 26th from 10:00am – 3:00pm

In addition to hardcovers and paperbacks, we have CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and audio books on CDs for all ages and interests. Because we receive and process donations throughout the year, each sale features many new items. Be sure to check out our ‘table books’ which we think may be of particular interest.

We don’t just set out boxes of donated books; we clean them, sort them, and shelve them by category, to make browsing more enjoyable. Our hardcover Fiction and Mystery sections are shelved alphabetically. Our Children’s and Young Adult Books are sorted by age group and genre. Our volunteers are big readers and are happy to make suggestions or try and help you track down a particular title. So come out to the Book Barn; you are sure to find something special!

Sponsored by The Friends of The Library of Woodstock, NY Inc.

Woodstock Library Forum: The Quarry Fox: Reading and Talk by Author Leslie T. Sharpe

Saturday, August 26th from 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Leslie Sharpe will read from her book, The Quarry Fox, in her first appearance at the Library.  The Quarry Fox reflects on the private lives of the wild critters of the Catskills. She will encourage the audience to tell stories about wildlife encounters as part of the Q&A. Children are welcome.

Leslie Sharpe is the former Vice President of the New York City Audubon Society, an environmentalist and naturalist.  She has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and City College of New York.

September: Library Card Sign – Up Month

86th Annual Woodstock Library Fair

Thank you to all who made our Fair a great success!

Woodstock’s oldest and largest celebration for the entire family! Travel the world at the Woodstock Library.

The 86th Annual Woodstock Library Fair’s theme is WOODSTOCK: CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.

HONOREES: Gail Godwin, Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, & Dean Shambach

Ongoing Events

Reach for the Stars!

Join Woodstock Library’s Summer Reading Program for Fun, Learning and Fabulous Prizes!

June 29th – August 26th

Pick up your STAR-STUDDED READING BAG @ the Circulation Desk to Participate TODAY! DROP – OFF Bins for your Raffle Tickets located @ the Circulation Desk. 

~For WEEKLY Prizes~

Watch, read, or listen to any three items.

Hand in the list of titles with your name and contact information to be entered into our weekly drawing for prizes.

~For Our Summer GRAND Prize~

For 1 star – Relax with a magazine, listen to a music CD, or watch a DVD

For 2 stars – Enjoy a book or Audio CD

For 3 stars – Read to someone you care about (this includes pets)

For 4 stars – Use Zinio to browse through a magazine

For 5 stars – Download an Audio book or E-book

For 6 stars – Go to a library event, the Library Fair, or a book club meeting

For 7 stars – Read a book about Woodstock, libraries, or stars (either astronomical or Hollywood)

Accumulate at least 25 stars. 

Hand in the list of titles with your name and contact information to be entered into our August 26th drawing for spectacular prizes.

The Happy Booker

Happy Booker

Third Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Looking to expand your reading horizons? Join us for The Happy Booker Discussion Group! Choice of books made by participants.

This program meets in the library’s Reading Room on the third Wednesday of each month @ 6:30pm. All are welcome, join us!

The book for the August 16th meeting is: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Review excerpted from The Guardian: (https://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/books/2012/dec/23/reluctant-fundamentalist-mohsin-hamid-review)

Changez is a highly educated Pakistani who worked as a financial analyst for a prestigious firm in New York. But after a disastrous love affair and the September 11 attacks, his western life collapses and he returns disillusioned and alienated to Pakistan.

All of this Changez reveals in an almost archly formal, and epically one-sided, conversation with the mysterious stranger that rolls back and forth over his developing concern with issues of cultural identity, American power and the victimisation of Pakistan.

The stranger is fidgety and anxious, and at first Changez’s elaborate self-justifications for his contentious sentiments begin to suggest that perhaps he is a more sinister figure than he allows. Gradually, however, we are brought to wonder whether the person in jeopardy is not the stranger, but Changez himself.

Woodstock Book Club

Second Fridays from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm across Tinker Street at the Christian Science Reading Room

September’s selection: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal. Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. A story about the endless search for love, mankind’s fascination with evil, and the long and crooked road towards home.

Aging Film Series

Aging in the Movies: Film & Discussion Series

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
With Your Host, Sandi Eppy.

This monthly film & discussion series portrays older individuals aging gracefully, creatively, and with panache.

A film series that meets on the Second Floor on the fourth Wednesday of the month from: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

This month’s film: The Grass Harp

Following the death of his mother, young Collin goes to live with his two eccentric aunts, whose double-crossing antics make for a lively upbringing for Collin as he grows up in the Deep South of the 1940s.  This witty coming-of-age drama, based on a novel by Truman Capote, includes an ensemble of four Academy Award winners.

Making Music Together with Nathan Brenowitz

Thursday, August 31st from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Making Music with Nathan Brenowitz

If you have never played or used to play or currently play an instrument at any level and want to make music together, this workshop is for you.

Going in many directions, we will learn exciting simple rhythms and fit melodies to those beats. We will break up into smaller groups and create harmonious ensembles. Along the way there will be an opportunity to learn about scales and write your own songs even if you never played an instrument. Take a chance there may be a Paul McCartney waiting to be unleashed!

Some instruments will be provided or please feel free to bring your own!

Crocheting and Knitting with Tea and Cookies

Happening on every other Tuesday of each month from 3:00pm-5:00pm. 

Next meetings:  August 8th, & August 22nd 
Come and craft in the Art Books Room. Browse terrific collections of patterns and do it yourself instructional materials. We will provide some yarn, crochet and knitting needles available for beginners. Crafters welcome to bring projects from home and share your knowledge with the community.

Crocheting and Knitting with Tea and Cookies

Tech Help

Thursdays: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Need help with:

  • A new device
  • Learning about digital borrowing
  • Questions about social media and email
  • Help with Microsoft Office
  • PCs and Macs
  • Something else entirely?

Willy, one of our library clerks, may be able to help you! Sign up at circulation desk for a 30-minute session, or Schedule appointments by phone at 845-679-2213.

Want to BE a Tech Help Volunteer? Talk to library staff.

Tech Help with Willy

Woodstock Library Show #47 (July 2017)

View it on our YouTube Channel (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=incndPrdR-U&list=PLYWKCt6PiOlUhp3FMYGg2Smcq1bZPRutk&index=6)

Includes:

Today & Tomorrow Jessica Kerr & Michael Hunt: Library Fair
What Book Are You Reading: Dorothea Marcus
Live at Library: Ian Worpole & Trio Mio

This show is produced by Barry Miller, Library Board Trustee.